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    #CIJSummer Conference
    22-24 June 2017
    Goldsmiths, University of London

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    Details about what to expect at the 2017 CIJ Investigative Journalism Summer Conference.



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About the CIJ Summer Conference

#CIJSummer Conference 2017
How to Fact-check 'Alternative Facts'

Thu 22 - Sat 24 June 
Professor Stuart Hall Building
Goldsmiths, University of London

The CIJ Summer Conference is UK’s only investigative journalism training event with an emphasis on teaching investigative skills. This year we will focus on the skills needed to counteract the world of 'alternative facts' and plain lies: from fact checking, holding the strong and powerful to account to grassroots journalism projects with hands-on classes, case studies and talks. 

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2017 Keynote Speakers

Anabel Hernández - is a Mexican journalist who has confronted head-on – at significant personal risk to her and her family – corruption and the narcotics trade in Mexico. Anabel delivered the inaugural Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Lecture
"Anabel was inspiring and her experiences and passion despite difficult circumstances show why we have to keep on keeping on. Exactly the fearless journalism Gavin supported. " (From the 2017 feedback). 

Michelle Ye Hee Lee - is a reporter at The Washington Post's famous Fact Checker. 'Been fact-checking before it got cool'. See her experience of fact-checking the US Presidential campaign. 

Aron Pilhofer - James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innoation at Temple University, University of  Minnesota and former Executive Editor of Digital at the Guardia and before that Associate Managing Editor for Digital Strategy at The New York Times. Aron will share his expertise of bringing digital and data journalism into newsrooms. 
"Lots of practical examples and applications. Very topical."
"It was fun, eloquent and he just was a really good speaker." (From the 2017 feedback). 

How to fight 'Alternative Facts'? - a panel discussion with Natalia Antelava (Coda Story), Jessikka Aro (A Finnish journalists who investigated Russian internet trolls), Jasper Jackson (Assistant Media Editor of The Guardian), Alastair Reid (journalist, formerly from First Draft News). Chaired by Dr Yemisi Akinbobola (Birmingham School of Media).

Topics covered in 2017: 

- Fact-checking techniques
- Counteracting propaganda
- Data journalism
- Data visualisations
- Financial journalism
- Access to information laws, including FoIA
- Covert filming
- Story-based inquiry method
And much more. 

"Company accounts [sessions] helped simplify a very complicated subject and encourage confidence in reading company accounts. "
"Raj Bairoliya [Company accounts sessions] gave an excellent class on company accounts (methods backed up by real-world examples), and engaged enthusiastically with delegates."

"[Henk van Ess, Advanced internet research] was very witty and engaging [and taught] unique skills." "[Taught] cutting edge techniques". 

"[Story-Based Inquiry Method] is a complete walk-through an investigative story writing, further reading tips and lots of invaluable info."

In this year's conference we will remember and honour our late director Gavin MacFadyen and legendary data journalism trainer David Donald. Both died of lung cancer last year.  

Previous #CIJSummer Conferences in the media: see our Media Coverage page. 


"Inspirational! Fantastic for overworked, underpaid journalists. " (2017)

"Amazing experience and one of the best speakers ever!" (2017) 
"Unrivalled opportunity to meet and learn with new people." (2017)
"Really, really good. Offering practical skills and advice that I will hopefully build on." (2017)

"Learnt so much in three days that I will need three months to go through the information."

"It was really worth it. I think the organisation was great, the speakers and trainers were highly prepared. (Food was good too)."

"Fantastic, inspiring, progressive, forward-thinking and very well organised." 

"Probably the best and most valuable event of my life. Quality programme, quality people, well organised."  
"The biggest disappointment was having to be in three places at once!"
"Always something to learn. Great access to speakers. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable fellow delegates."

"A truly enlightening experience! Well worth the money!"

"An amazing opportunity to meet people and interact with a variety of skills/knowledge. Networking opportunities were great."

"I am coming away inspired and with new skills."

"Exceeded all expectations!"

"The programme was superb. I'll be back!"

"The overlap between data journalism and investigative journalism opened the door to new approaches I can’t wait to experiment [with]."  
"Loved it! I would save my place for next year now if possible. "



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